Flying High

Must-Have Travel Gear

All's Quiet

Plane Quiet noise-canceling headphones help shut out the drone of airliner jet engines (as well as those less-than-quiet fellow passengers), and keep you focused on what's playing on your CD or DVD player, or on the airline's entertainment system. (The headset plugs into all three as well as into a laptop computer.) Best of all, this unit retails for just $80, compared to the similar, better-known version from Bose, which runs $300. Price: $80 (704) 583-1100

Speedier Screening

Tired of digging through your pocket, carry-on or purse for your ID and boarding pass at airport security checkpoints? The AccessWallet can help you speed through the irritating process. This pocket-size case has a clear plastic sleeve to display your ID and boarding pass, so you have them ready for airport agents to scan-without having to remove anything from your wallet. It also has pockets to hold itineraries and receipts, keeping your travel documents separate from cash and credit cards in case of loss. Price: vinyl, $24.95; leather, $49.95 (888) 565-4138

Crank Callers

When your mobile phone battery needs recharging, and you're nowhere near a conventional power source, plug it in to the SideWinder charger, and crank your way to extra minutes of talk time. You'll get about six minutes of talk time for every two minutes of cranking. The SideWinder comes with four adapter tips to fit the most popular mobile phone models, weighs only 2.5 ounces, and fits in the palm of your hand. The windup technology is more dependable than solar chargers, more efficient than carrying extra batteries, and won't spike your phone's voltage. Price: $24.95 (888) 478-6565

Soothing Scents

Ever arrived at your hotel after a long day of business travel and longed for the comforts of home? With AromaZone's Travel Candle Tins (keyword: travel), you can relax all evening-or 15 to 20 hours-thanks to the therapeutic, long-lasting scents of eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang, among others. Small and lightweight, the travel-wise tin containers make these candles easy to pack and carry with you, turning your hotel room into a soothing sanctuary instead of a beige box. Price: $6.25 (323) 846-8686

Lock Out

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently gave the nod to a new luggage lock from Travel Sentry , allowing you to secure your checked luggage without worrying that screeners will break your locks to search your bags. TSA personnel are trained to recognize the Travel Sentry identification logo and can unlock the bags with coded passkeys to inspect your luggage. Inexpensive and lightweight, they're available in padlock and combination-lock versions. Price: $5 to $10 (800) 575-6611

Clean Freak?

In the age of SARS, travelers are increasingly worried about picking up germs from public phones, drinking fountains or even-yuck!-toilets. Zap those bugs with a pocket-size, 0.5- or 1-ounce bottle of antibacterial, antiviral Virofree disinfectant spray. This odorless, nontoxic, EPA-approved formula is harmless enough to use in hospital nurseries but strong enough to be effective against everything from the common cold and the flu to hepatitis B, salmonella, staph and the Norwalk virus. It's also great for airplane restrooms and tray tables. Price: $7.99 to $16.95 (888) viro-free

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This article was originally published in the April 2004 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Flying High.

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